Chester Beatty Library
Islamic Room
Chester Beatty Library

European Museum of the Year 2002

Irish Museum of the Year 2000



Situated in the heart of the city centre, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the Year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002, a coveted international accolade in the museum world.

Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights of the collection. Turkish and Persian miniatures and striking Buddhist paintings are also on display, as are Chinese dragon robes and Japanese woodblock prints. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.



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Admission is free

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (May to September)

Tues-Fri 10am-5pm (October-April)

Saturdays 11am-5pm (all year)

Sundays 1pm-5pm (all year)

Closed Public Holiday Mondays, Good Friday, 24th, 25th and 26th December, 1st Jan

Free public tours are available on Wednesdays at 1pm and on Sundays at 3pm and 4pm. Other times by prior arrangement.

In addition to the items on display from its permanent collection, the Library mounts special temporary exhibitions. It also runs an event-filled public programme which includes lectures, workshops and demonstrations.

Facilities include: Restaurant, Gift and Book Shop, Audio-visual presentations, Roof Garden, wheelchair access, baby-changing facilities.

Off Dame St, behind City Hall, ten minutes walk from Trinity College en route to Christ Church Cathedral.

Bus routes: 13, 16, 19 & 123 (from O'Connell St)

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